Taxi Tale: Drawn to Be More

Good things happen to those who seek it! – by Moi

I love a good New York taxi cab story and there are definitely all types of characters who drive taxis in this city. On this particular occasion, I was greeted by a young man who looked like he was in his 20s, which was a surprise as normally cab drivers are older. I had a feeling he had a story to tell.

After hopping in and asking to be taken to Madison Ave and 57th Street, I asked, “How are you?”

He sighed before saying, “I don’t want to be a taxi driver.” The young man looked Hispanic and had on green sunglasses and a graphic T-shirt.

His response wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It was a bit concerning, like if you were to go to a dental appointment and the dentist says to you, “I hate teeth!” right before turning on his drill.

I decided to investigate this further. “Well tell me, what do you want to do then?” Right on cue, the driver picked something up from the passenger seat and, without looking away from the road, handed me a thick notebook. “Here. I want to be a graphic artist.”

I was suprised to be handed a portfolio!

“Oh, wow, okay!” I flipped through the book of pencil and pen drawings. The pages were filled with comic-style villains and superheroes. “You’re pretty good.”

“Thanks. I love drawing, but it’s not easy to get work doing it. I feel like it will never happen.” The driver was trying to save up to take some proper graphic design courses. In the meantime, he told his patrons his aspirations with the hope that maybe one of them could connect him with the “right people.”

We were almost at my destination and I wanted to give him some words of encouragement before we departed. I wasn’t quite sure what to say. “You have to stay positive and keep drawing. You never know who you will meet in this town, so keep spreading the word about your dreams. Here, take my business card. Let me know when you make it–I’ll buy your comic book!”

“Thank you!” he replied. I gave him a nice tip and returned his portfolio before climbing out of the backseat. What I thought was going to be a bad taxi experience turned into a good reminder that it’s not always easy to attain your dreams–you need patience and diligence. I hope he’ll make it!

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